The Stratosphere is currently in the middle of a three-year renovation. Much of the $140 million improvement includes updating 1,100 hotel rooms, new bars and restaurants, and upgrading the casino floor. However, there’s at least one major addition happening outside of the Stratosphere hotel and tower.


Celestia is an all-new international production that will make its debut in a tent outside of the Stratosphere on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The show will be a combination of acrobatics, technology, artistry, illusion. Celestia will perform eight shows a week in a unique 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art tent located right on the Las Vegas Strip.
The new Cirque-like show will tell a story of love and sacrifice through acrobatics and dance, aerial feats, live music, state-of-the-art technology, and sophisticated illusion. Celestia has 32 multicultural performers who will create an eye-popping, immersive experience. The shows will feature mind-blowing contortion, the Wheel of Death, motion capture and projection mapping.

Behind The Scenes

Celestia is the brainchild of Intrigue Shows Founder and Creative Director Sasha Ivanov. He’s the former associate music director for Cirque du Soleil’s acclaimed production, Kooza. You may have seen the Kooza slot machine installation the last time you were in a casino.
Having produced over 60 nationally released albums and composed music for Hollywood productions, Ivanov has worked with top artists including Lady Gaga, Pink, and more.
“We’ve put together an incredible cast of performers to tell a timeless and philosophical love story that is at once unique and universal,” said Ivanov. “With technology that has never been used before in Las Vegas, Celestia truly has something for everyone.”
Celestia’s creative team includes Technical Director of Acrobatic Elements Juan Carlos Valencia. He has more than 25 years’ experience with a variety of entertainment companies including The Royal London Circus, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Celestia’s Emmy Award-winning choreographer is Bonnie Story’s work has been prominently featured on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” and on all three “High School Musical” films. Kevin Wilson, lead choreographer, has shared the stage with some of the world’s top recording artists, and Jimmy Arguello, assistant choreographer, has taught dance over the past 15 years worldwide and has contributed to a number of television shows, movies, tours, and productions.
“Celestia is a visually stunning show filled with incredible acrobatics, and we are looking forward to introducing it here at the Stratosphere,” said Christopher Fiumara, vice president and general manager of Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower. “The spectacular, one-of-a-kind tent that houses this phenomenal production makes for an exciting addition to the Stratosphere, which is continuing to enhance the overall guest experience with world class entertainment, dining and amenities.”
Celestia will have eight performances per week, with 7 p.m. shows on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and is dark Mondays and Tuesdays. Tickets ranging in price from $29 – $89 plus taxes and fees.
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